Tequila often gets a bad rap because of dramatic next day hangovers. Your crappy hangover is probably because of sugary additives, bottom shelf liquor and dehydration. The moment you decide to drink good quality Tequila, I guarantee you’ll have a newfound appreciation for this incredible spirit. Tequila is distilled from the Agave plant in Tequila, Mexico. It’s like drinking Champagne from the Champagne region of France. You drink Tequila….from Tequila! While Tequila can be aged in barrels, an unaged blanco Tequila expresses refreshing notes of pepper, herbs, tropical fruits and citrus hints. When mixed with the perfect ingredients, it can deliver an unforgettable cocktail that you’ll want to savor, not shoot down.
As a Tequila girl at heart, I want to enjoy a delicious cocktail that won’t require an extra round of burpees to burn off. An ounce of blanco Tequila can range between 60-90 calories. To keep the cals to a minimum, it’s best to mix with fresh juices and homemade ingredients. You’ll also want to pick up a quality blanco Tequila, such as Tequila Bribon ($35).
In my Spicy Watermelon Margarita, I made fresh watermelon and lime juice, along with a homemade jalapeño syrup. Trust me, it’s easier than it sounds!
To make your own jalapeño syrup, just boil ½ cup of water, ½ cup of agave nectar or honey, and 1 halved jalapeño (no seeds). Once all the ingredients have melted and the water boils, you can remove and let the jalapeño steep for about an hour. Then remove and let the syrup cool.
All good things begin with a glass of vino.
I currently hold a Level 2 Intermediate Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.